Meet our Premier Vet Care Team!
We know that a happy team will make happy clients, and it shows! These beautiful, amazing, compassionate and kind individuals truly have the biggest hearts and always want the best for your pet. They will work hard to ensure that you and your pet have a positive veterinary experience, from a smile when you walk in the door, to short wait times, low-stress pet handling, exceptional communication, quality medical care and abundant love for your furry family member.
We are so proud of our team and we hope that you come by to see just how wonderful they truly are. We look forward to meeting you and providing your pet with love, treats and a long, healthy life.
Please read below to learn more about our team members and their dedication to animal care.
Dr.Josh CopeOWNER, VETERINARIAN
After graduating from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Josh moved down to Texas as fast as he could. Dr. Josh is a second generation veterinarian. He grew up on a small farm in Ohio, where he spent most of his childhood traveling with his father treating all kinds of animals and talking to local farmers. In his spare time, Dr. Josh likes golfing, hiking, and anything outdoors.
Dr.Anna SimmonsCHIEF OF STAFF VETERINARIAN
Dr. Anna Simmons is a long-time animal lover and advocate. In fact, she started rescuing animals at a young age, and her passion for animal care and welfare has only grown over the years. Dr. Anna grew up in Coppell, TX, with her four siblings and their many animals, from fish and rats to dogs and horses. She dreamed of being a vet since a very young age and feels so blessed to have been able to accomplish that dream. Dr. Anna attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she received a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She spent those college years working as a vet tech at a clinic in East Dallas. After gaining priceless experience as a tech, Dr. Anna attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies, followed by a year of clinics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. Once she experienced a Wisconsin winter, she returned to Texas and spent her time enjoying practicing medicine at a small animal clinic in East Dallas before joining the amazing Premier Vet Care team. Dr. Anna is also the founder of EMBRACE Veterinary Wellness, a movement focused on helping veterinarians build a healthy and sustainable career. She is married to her college sweetheart and together they have their daughter, Anaiya, and four pet kids, including three dogs (Tyli, Ivy and Nala) and one cat who things he is a dog (Pepper Saltzman). She and her husband live in Dallas and love to spend time cooking, hiking, playing volleyball, painting, biking, snuggling their animals, traveling and reading, among other things. Dr. Anna greatly looks forward to the opportunity to meet you and your pets!
Dr. Kirsten Stukey, Texas born and Oklahoma raised, earned her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University. Along with her passion for animals and medicine, Dr. Stukey chose this career because she loves being able to help people foster healthy, rewarding relationships with their pets. She understands how important our furry family members are to us, and hopes to be able to provide care and education throughout all of the stages of pet ownership. She loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a special place in her heart for senior pets and end of life care.
Dr. Anna Stewart was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She has always loved animals and developed a passion for medicine as she spent time working in veterinary clinics. She obtained her Bachelors of Science from the University of Arkansas and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri. Her favorite part of practicing medicine is creating relationships with clients and their pets. She loves to help owners foster a happy and healthy environment where their pets can thrive.
Born and raised in Winter Park, Florida, Dr. Jacqueline Shen always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and pursued every opportunity to work and play with animals even though her parents were allergic to fur! She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies and gained experience with a variety of species (including elephants). Dr. Jacqueline then earned her degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, making her a proud double Gator.
While in vet school, Dr. Jacqueline served as an officer for the UF Shelter Medicine Club and the Christian Veterinary Fellowship, with which she went on two veterinary mission trips to the Navajo Nation to work with their beloved animals. Her mission is serving animals and their people by fostering the human-animal bond through veterinary medicine. Knowing that visits to the vet can cause many animals anxiety, Dr. Jacqueline became a certified Fear Free practitioner and is passionate about creating positive experiences for pets and their owners.
Outside of work, she enjoys hiking with her husband, Dan, and their retired racing greyhound named Kingston. They also share their home with a chatty cat named Hermine, whom they “foster failed”/adopted after sheltering her and her three newborn kittens during Hurricane Irma. Dr. Jacqueline is excited to get to know you and your furry family member!
Meghan WestPRACTICE MANAGER
Meghan has been in the Veterinary field since 2013. She lives in Dallas with her fiancé Christian and their two dogs, Morty and Lacey. Meghan has been passionate for animals and their care for as long as she can remember. She started her career as a veterinary technician before switching to her current management role. She has been with Premier Vet Care since day one and has enjoyed every minute of it! When she isn't at the clinic, Meghan is studying for her Business Management Degree and loves drinking coffee, walking her dogs and going to concerts! She can't wait to meet you and your furry-family!
Dee has been married for 20 years to her wonderful husband, Troy. Between them, they have 4 children and 2 furbabies - a Boxer and a Frenchie. Previously, Dee worked at a local dog boarding facility for 11 years, and has been with Premier Vet Care since opening day! Dee looks forward to serving you.
Diane was born and raised outside of Chicago. She moved to Texas and met her husband Jimmy. They currently have seven cats and one dog that are all rescues! Diane enjoys helping SPIN (a Great Pyrenees rescue organization). She also enjoys volunteering for the Salvation Army whenever possible. Diane loves working at the clinic and looks forward to doing whatever she can to be a part of Dr. Josh's team!
Linda was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has lived in St. Louis and Dallas most of her life. She loves Mexican food and her three cats- Thomas, Nicholas, and Minnie! Linda's hobbies are cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. The best part of working at Premier Vet Care is being around cats and dogs all day!
Emily has lived in Texas for most of her life. She enjoys driving round with the windows down jamming to music. She shares a home with her husband Ryan, their corgi Rogue and their crazy kitties Snarf and Cyrus! She is one of the receptionists at Premier Vet Care, and adores her job. She is excited to meet you and your pets!
Born in Midland, Texas, Meredith is an Army Brat that was raised in Alabama, Kansas, and Texas. Her passion for animals started at a young age. She grew up with dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, iguanas, fish, a guinea pig, a rabbit, and even a duck! She graduated from The University of Kansas and worked in the HR Consulting field for 9 years before she realized that working at a veterinary clinic was where her heart was meant to be. Meredith lives in Rowlett with her boyfriend of over 10 years and her 4 dogs (PJ, Mookie, Rocco, and Winston). In her free time, Meredith enjoys off-roading in her Jeep, hanging with her dogs, and volunteering with animal rescues (if she could rescue them all, she would!!). Meredith looks forward to meeting and falling in love with your fur-babies!
Joanne grew up in the Northeast but has lived in Rowlett for the last 12 years. She comes from a large family of animal lovers and had dogs, cats and rabbits as a kid. Joanne and her husband, Mike currently have 3 dogs (Shadow, Chopper and Jake) who are all spoiled rotten!Joanne loves working with and around animals- it's her true passion! Her hobbies include music, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.Joanne says the best part about working at Premier Vet Care is meeting and loving on all the fur babies!
Linda "Gigi" CollinsRECEPTIONIST
Linda is a native of DFW. She retired from teaching Early Childhood in public schools after 21 years and is tremendously blessed with an amazing family!Linda and her husband Rick have been married for 40 years. Her children are Kit and his wife Rebecca, and Kristen and her husband Josh. Linda says God has given her three priceless gifts in her grandchildren- Cameron, Grace and Kasdin.Her favorite thing to do is to be with her family and she loves sunshine and water.Linda enjoys working at Premier Vet Care because of all the great people she gets to work with and because she gets to help our clients and patients every day!
Shelby McKenzieRECEPTIONIST / VETERINARY ASSISTANT
Shelby is Texas born and raised. She shares a home with her husband Trevor, their son Gauge and their fur-baby Chloe. She loves traveling with her family and going on spontaneous adventures. Shelby can't wait to meet you and your fur-babies!
Erin BurchVETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Erin entered the veterinary field in 2016 and is excited to be pursuing her Veterinary Technician license through Cedar Valley College. As a Rowlett native and animal lover, Premier Vet Care feels just like home!
Mariah AlanizVETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Mariah was born in Dallas and is currently living in Garland. She graduated from Rockwall High School. Mariah has one dog (Beemer), two cats (Han Solo and Princess Leia) and two guinea pigs (Alfred & Carl). Mariah is currently attending Cedar Valley College to obtain her veterinary technician license. In the future, she would like to continue her schooling and become a small animal veterinarian. Mariah loves working at Premier Vet Care and is excited for the years to come!
Julianna BacoVETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Hi my name is Juli. I have been with premier vet care since 2015. Starting as a kennel assistant I worked my way up to vet tech, where I plan to stay for a while. I absolutely adore my hound mix Mable and my big family. I love working with and rescuing animals. I look forward to meeting all of your fur babies!
Rebecca GarretsonVETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Rebecca was born in East Texas but moved to Dallas as fast as she could! Rebecca has always wanted to make a difference in improving animals' lives. Rebecca has two cats- Bella and Charlie, and both were adopted. Rebecca loves the outdoors, going on new adventures, and listening to music. She feels very fortunate to be alongside such a great team at Premier Vet Care.
Alyssa RoznosREGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Alyssa was born and raised in West Texas. She recently graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Mclennan Community College in Waco, TX. She is now officially a licensed Veterinary Technician! Alyssa moved to Dallas and started working at Premier Vet Care in September 2018 and has loved every second of it. Growing up, she always knew she wanted to work with animals and is thankful to have such a fun and caring clinic to be a part of.
Lilly FrithVETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Lilly graduated from Rowlett High School and currently attends the University of Texas at Arlington, where she's majoring in Biology. Once she finishes her studies at UTA, she plans on going to veterinary school at Texas A&M and one day becoming a veterinarian.
Rachel CardenasVETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Rachel currently lives in Rowlett and graduated from Rowlett High School in 2015. She currently attends Texas Woman’s University and is majoring in nursing with a double major in biology. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her dog, Nyx and loves to go on adventures. Rachel has always had a passion towards animals and is excited to have the opportunity to work at Premier Vet Care.
Amanda BraudPET STYLIST
Amanda has been grooming for over 16 years and is very passionate about animals. She is proficient in all breed grooming, hand scissored cuts, difficult dogs, and cat grooming. She has 2 sons, 4 dogs and 3 cats! Outside of work, Amanda and her family enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, biking, and hiking.
Alicia MorenoVETERINARY ASSISTANT
Alicia graduated from Rowlett High School and is currently attending Texas A&M Commerce. She is majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicin, leading to her dream goal to become a Veterinarian. Alicia owns two dogs, a yorkie (Ava) and mutt (Levi) and a few cats. Outside of work and school Alicia enjoys helping others by volunteering in numerous activities, exercising and being around nature.
Lexi MarcumVETERINARY ASSISTANT
Lexi is a Certified Vet Assistant that was born and raised in Garland, Texas. She graduated from Collin County Community College and plans to attend Texas A&M Veterinary School in the future. She lives in Garland with her beautiful Rottweilers, Lucy and Layla. In her free time, Lexi enjoys fishing, four wheeling, and Jeeps.
Gabbie GleavesVETERINARY ASSISTANT
Gabbie graduated from Forney High School. She has three dogs- Chevy, Cooper and Hazel and they are her entire world! Gabbie is currently attending Cedar Valley College to obtain her Veterinary Technician License. She has always had a passion for animals and hopes to have her own Rescue Group one day.Gabbie absolutely loves working at Premier Vet Care and cannot wait to see where the future takes her!
Hannah CarrollVETERINARY ASSISTANT
Hannah was recently accepted into the Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine Program and hopes to become a small animal veterinarian. Hannah has two dogs at home and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, and volunteering at Throwaway Ponies.